Gilbert Arenas seemingly shades LeBron James: Doesn't give you that fear
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Former three-time NBA All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas believes LeBron James is not feared among NBA players because he is an all-around player. Gilbert, who was drafted in 2001, played in the NBA until 2012. When Arenas arrived in the NBA, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant were still playing.
According to Arenas, players fear those who can erupt and Jordan and Bryant had that ability. Gilbert on why James is not feared among NBA player “Did anyone fear Magic Johnson? No. Did anyone fear John Stockton or Karl Malone? No.
The fear comes from what that person’s capability is as an offensive player. So, Michael Jordan was feared. Allen Iverson was feared. Kobe (Bryant) was feared. Guys who have the ability to score 30 to damn 70 points, they’re feared.
LeBron James was an all-around player. Even though he gave you 40, it wasn’t the same 40. I’m not afraid of a guy who’s gonna give me 29/9/9, I’m afraid of a man who’s gonna go for 60 if I’m not careful," Arenas said on Gil's Arena, per Sports Illustrated.
This season, James became the NBA's all-time leading scorer.
Throughout his career, James has been among the top scorers in the league. But also, James has always been someone who can get rebounds and assists. This season, James is averaging 29.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 6.9 assists.
Meanwhile, James has been out since early March after suffering a tendon injury in his right foot. This week, Lakers head coach Darvin Ham said he anticipates James returning "at some point" this season. "We anticipate him coming back at some point [this season]," Ham said.
The Lakers currently own a 36-37 record and they are the 10th-ranked team in the Western Conference standings. James is expected to be able to play again in the final week of the regular season.